The kitchen has been called the heart of the home for as long as anyone can remember. The utilitarian room is where newly arrived family members gather before being reluctantly ordered out by the self-proclaimed family chef, where children spend the pre-dinner homework hour and where girlfriends gossip into the wee hours of the morning over a tub of ice cream (or is that only in movies?).
Whatever it is to a home, the importance of a well-designed kitchen is obvious. On the flip side, it’s also notoriously difficult to make your own. Less-than-attractive appliances, food preparation utensils and laundry items, although essential, rarely communicate a stylish space.
We turned to the professionals for a dose of designer kitchen ideas and, in the process, discovered the true potential of this home workhorse. Warning: expect kitchens to become your new design obsession.